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Past is Present: American Reunion and Titanic 3D...

By Tricia Romano
Posted April 6, 2012

This week at the cineplex, everything old is  new again. American Reunion tries for its fourth comeback, and Titanic gets a 3D facelift.

 

American ReunionAmerican Reunion

Because we've all been dying for a chance to see Tara Reid again (no?), here's the long-awaited (for some people)—um— fourth sequel to American Pie, American Reunion. The gang's mostly all here, including Jason Biggs (Jim), Eugene Levy (Jim's Dad), Mena Suvari (Heather), Chris Klein (Oz), Natasha Lyonne (Jessica), Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's Mom), and Seann William Scott (Stifler). They all come back for the 13th-year reunion (note: who has a 13-year reunion?), and the usual alcohol-and-sex-crazed hijinks ensue.

Perfect For: Current high schoolers and college kids, as well those who were in high school or college 13 years ago and are up for some nostalgia..

What the Critics Say: They are not impressed. Are you shocked? For one thing, Judd Apatow has changed the game. Says the Associated Press: "American Reunion" relies on clichés about nostalgia, forced tension over strained friendships and melodrama about the rekindling of first loves." 

Variety: "While it's poignant seeing the whole gang again, the tired gross-out antics and limp romantic reprisals keep this hapless if heartfelt effort from qualifying as a decent comedy, let alone a generational classic."

Our Take: If we were fans of the original, maybe, but only for the matinee.

 

TitanicTitanic in 3D (3D/2D theaters and IMAX)

Somehow we managed to escape this movie the first time around. The Celine Dion song, the gauzy moonlight scenes with Leo and Kate, the whole big shebang—it just blew right past us. And we were fine with that. Thanks James Cameron, now we have to go through it all again—in 3D!

Perfect For: Hopeless romantics who want to see big parts of a ship fly at them in 3D.

What the Critics Say: It might be pablum but it’s well-made, expensive pablum. "It's worth re-visiting the sinking ship," writes USA Today. And the Associated Press writes: "If any film should be redone in 3-D, it's "Titanic." And if any filmmaker should be the one doing the redoing, it's James Cameron."

Our Take: Maybe, just maybe, you can talk us into it.

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